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My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs

My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs

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Author: Brian Switek
Publisher: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Category: Book

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Sales Rank: 415,257

Languages: English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
Media: Hardcover
Edition: 1ST
Pages: 272
Number Of Items: 1
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.9
Dimensions (in): 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.4

ISBN: 0374135061
EAN: 9780374135065
ASIN: 0374135061

Publication Date: April 16, 2013
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One of Amazon's Best Science Books of 2013

A Hudson Booksellers Staff Pick for the Best Books of 2013

One of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Spring Science Books

Selected by Apple’s iBookstore as one of the best books of April

A Bookshop Santa Cruz Staff Pick

Dinosaurs, with their awe-inspiring size, terrifying claws and teeth, and otherworldly abilities, occupy a sacred place in our childhoods. They loom over museum halls, thunder through movies, and are a fundamental part of our collective imagination. In My Beloved Brontosaurus, the dinosaur fanatic Brian Switek enriches the childlike sense of wonder these amazing creatures instill in us. Investigating the latest discoveries in paleontology, he breathes new life into old bones.
     Switek reunites us with these mysterious creatures as he visits desolate excavation sites and hallowed museum vaults, exploring everything from the sex life of Apatosaurus and T. rex’s feather-laden body to just why dinosaurs vanished. (And of course, on his journey, he celebrates the book’s titular hero, “Brontosaurus”—who suffered a second extinction when we learned he never existed at all—as a symbol of scientific progress.)
     With infectious enthusiasm, Switek questions what we’ve long held to be true about these beasts, weaving in stories from his obsession with dinosaurs, which started when he was just knee-high to a Stegosaurus. Endearing, surprising, and essential to our understanding of our own evolution and our place on Earth, My Beloved Brontosaurus is a book that dinosaur fans and anyone interested in scientific progress will cherish for years to come.




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